Posted On March 9, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
March 9, 2022 – Recently, Pulte Mortgage, LLC announced that the company was the target of a phishing attack resulting in the names and Social Security numbers of certain individuals being compromised. It is essential those who receive a data breach notification from Pulte Mortgage understand what is at risk. The data breach lawyers at Console & Associates, P.C. are actively investigating the Pulte Mortgage data breach. As a part of our investigation, we are providing free consultations to anyone affected by the breach who is interested in learning more about the risks of identity theft, what they can do to protect themselves, and what their legal options may be to obtain compensation from Pulte Mortgage, LLC.
In 2021, there were 1,862 data breaches affecting more than 189,000,000 individuals. Victims of identity theft spend, on average, 200 hours and more than $1,300 recovering their identity. Many of these victims also suffer credit damage, emotional distress, and may even end up with a criminal record. Taking immediate action is the best way to prevent the worst consequences of a data breach.
According to an official filing by Pulte Mortgage, the company recently learned that one of its employees was targeted in an email phishing attack. In response, the company launched an internal investigation to determine whether any of the information in the affected employee’s email account contained sensitive consumer information. Next, the company reviewed all emails and attachments in the employee’s email account and, on February 24, 2022, Pulte Mortgage confirmed that between October 24 and October 25, 2021, the unauthorized party had access to the names and Social Security numbers of certain individuals.
Around March 4, 2022, Pulte Mortgage began sending out data breach notification letters to all individuals whose information was compromised as a result of the recent data security incident. The Pulte Mortgage data breach is believed to have impacted as many as 2,835 individuals.
Pulte Mortgage is a mortgage lender based in Englewood, Colorado. Pulte Mortgage is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PulteGroup, Inc., which provides financing for those purchasing new homes by Pulte Homes, Centex, Del Webb, DiVosta, and John Wieland Homes. Pulte Mortgage has financed more than 700,000 homes. PulteGroup, Inc. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PHM.
When you allowed Pulte Mortgage access to your personal data, you trusted the company to keep your sensitive information safe. However, news of the Pulte Mortgage data breach raises some very serious questions about the company’s data security measures and whether the company could have done more to prevent this type of cyber-attack.
Regardless of the industry, all businesses have a legal obligation to protect consumer information in their possession. Although creating and maintaining a data security system is costly, this is a necessary expense given the frequency with which cyberattacks occur.
Consumers whose personal, identifying, financial or healthcare-related data was compromised in a data breach can pursue legal action against a company that misused or mishandled their information. However, the investigation into the Pulte Mortgage breach is only in its beginning phases. For that reason, it is too early to tell if Pulte Mortgage was legally responsible for the breach. However, our data breach attorneys are investigating the Pulte Mortgage security breach to determine the potential legal remedies of those affected.
If you have questions about your ability to pursue a data breach class action lawsuit against Pulte Mortgage, contact a data breach attorney as soon as possible.
If you receive a data breach notification from Pulte Mortgage in the coming weeks, it means your personal data was among that which was compromised in the recent cyberattack. It also means a cybercriminal may have had access to—and may have stolen—your personal data. Given the risks involved, it is important you remain vigilant by taking the following steps:
At Console & Associates, P.C., our consumer privacy lawyers monitor all security and data breaches to help affected consumers pursue their legal remedies. We offer free consultations to victims of data breaches and can explain your rights in clear, understandable terms so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed with your case. If you’ve been affected by the Pulte Mortgage data breach or any other data security incident, Console & Associates, P.C., will investigate your case at no charge and offer you thorough advice about how to most effectively proceed with your case. If you decide to bring a case, we only get paid if you do. If your claim is successful, any legal fees are either paid by the defendant or come out of the funds recovered from the defendant. If your claim doesn’t result in a recovery, you will pay nothing.